With a Master in Arts and Society you will:
- Have an understanding of the latest developments in international discourse on arts and society, which is fed by a variety of scholars from both the humanities and the social sciences.
- Be able to formulate independent opinions and contribute to this discourse clearly and convincingly.
- Possess academic and practical skills that you can implement effectively and creatively in your future professional career. You will have acquired these abilities in class, in the library, on the Internet, in practical work, and in the field where you will have carried out research into mainstream and alternative practices.
In your program, you will have the opportunity to actively work on your career development.
Our Master’s program prepares a new generation of creative critical thinkers and doers for the global cultural sector: cross-sector cultural partnerships (i.e. between arts and healthcare or arts and development), transitional processes of conventional cultural institutions looking for new audiences, research into the social and intrinsic value of art, and intercultural and international collaborations. Read more about possible career prospects.
This program focuses on transitional processes in existing institutions of the current cultural sector that are looking for new audiences and social relevance. It also focuses on emerging cultural practices in peripheral contexts (both urban and rural), and in public space, healthcare, the justice system (prisons), refugee environments, developing countries, and peace and reconciliation processes.
Obvious themes in these areas are the tensions between traditional and contemporary cultures (and the diversity within each of these), active and radical citizenship, and the centrality of human rights, i.e., the fundamental right to express oneself on one’s own terms.
A central question in all this is how participation in the arts relates to participation in society. It is an issue that all existing and newly emerging cultural organizations and artists cannot afford to ignore. Our students will prepare themselves for this and for all related challenges.